Med mal case against Alton Memorial settles before trial

Steve Korris Oct. 9, 2007, 3:42am

Rex Carr

Four days before Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder would have started trial on a Rex Carr negligence claim against Alton Memorial Hospital, his client and the hospital settled.

Crowder had set an Oct. 1 trial for Edward Hoekstra of Godfrey, but on Sept. 27 Carr told her to call it off.

Crowder signed an order three lines long, dismissing with prejudice and declaring that each party would bear their own costs.

Carr sued the hospital for Hoekstra in 2004. Carr also sued physicians Laurance Monckton and Aamir Javaid.

Carr claimed the hospital and the doctors failed to respond to Hoekstra's deteriorating condition.

He claimed Hoekstra needlessly lost most of his small bowel.

He claimed Hoekstra required intensive daily care, suffered severe pain, and continued to lose wages.

For spouse Mary Hoekstra, he sought damages for loss of consortium.

Carr also sued a message service, Answer Midwest, claiming it failed to relay a critical message from doctor to doctor.

Months before the scheduled trial Carr dismissed Answer Midwest.

Weeks before trial he dismissed the doctors.

Carr signed Crowder's order dismissing the suit.

Daniel Farroll of Edwardsville signed for Alton Memorial.

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